Elite runners will combine their love of running with a visit to one of Australia's most beautiful and iconic regions in this weekend's Kangaroo Island Marathon.
Over 120 participants will participate in an incredible 42km trail race through the Flinders Chase National Park and visiting the iconic Remarkable Rocks, Cape de Couedic Lighthouse and Admirals Arch.
Interest in the annual race continues, attracting runners from New Zealand, Hungary, Italy, England, China, Poland, Norway, Germany and the United States of America – as well as entrants from across Australia.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway said the views along the marathon route will be nothing short of breathtaking. "To attract runners from overseas, year on year, is a testament to the standard of the Kangaroo Island Marathon,” said Minister Ridgway.
"Our regional areas, in particular KI, are reliant on a healthy tourism industry and the marathon is a great way of showcasing one of the most beautiful parts of our state.
"It is great to see that the KI Marathon is charging towards its goal to become one of the top ten destination marathons in the world.” South Australian Tourism Commission, Chief Executive, Rodney Harrex said Kangaroo Island attracts one of the highest proportions of international visitors of any South Australian tourism region – the marathon contributes to these growing figures and delivers economic spin-offs.
"We're proud to support the Kangaroo Island Marathon and show off one of Australia's most renowned tourist destinations," said Mr Harrex. The Kangaroo Island Marathon has received funding under the South Australian Tourism Commission, Regional Events & Festivals Program (REFP). Funding has assisted organisers to undertake marketing and communication activities. The Kangaroo Island Marathon will be held Saturday 1 September 2018.
Visit www.kangarooislandmarathon.com to find out more.